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Pay in Scotland

Welcome to the section of the NASUWT website on teachers' pay in Scotland.


2015-17 SNCT Agreement 

The NASUWT, the fastest growing teachers’ union in Scotland, has rejected the 2015-17 SNCT Pay and Conditions Agreement as inadequate to address the shortfall in teachers’ pay and working conditions since 2011.

A more detailed summary of the Agreement and the NASUWT reasons for rejection is available via:

The NASUWT has been undertaking a continuous campaign of industrial action since 2011 over worsening of pay and conditions of service, including spiralling workload and job loss. This action continues to protect teachers against attacks on their conditions of service, including reductions in pay levels. Further detailed information is available about the NASUWT industrial action.

There is clear anger and frustration on the part of Scottish teachers at the refusal by Employers and the Scottish Government to act to reverse attacks on their pay and conditions. These attacks are driving up stress levels and contributing to a crisis in teacher morale.

In February 2016 the NASUWT wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning demanding the re-opening of pay negotiations for 2016-17. The NASUWT is the only teacher union to demand the re-opening of pay negotiations and to campaign for pay levels which reward Scottish teachers appropriately.  

Pay Scales

The NASUWT Salary Card is available at Teachers and Leadership Group Salary Scales (Scotland)

Family Friendly Rights

The NASUWT produces guidance for members with children on the provisions for Maternity, paternity and parental leave and pay. The guidance also contains information on rights to time off for family and domestic reasons.

Members have the right to apply to work flexibly where they have:

  • children aged under 17;
  • disabled children aged under 18; or
  • carer responsibilities. 

The NASUWT has produced guidance on requesting Flexible working

Each Local Authority will have a job share policy that regulates the application process, as well as what happens when one job sharer leaves or wants to become full time. Details of these are available from the NASUWT Scotland National Centre.

 Temporary workers and supply teachers

The NASUWT provides advice on the rights of Supply Teachers, Teachers who work on a temporary basis or fixed-term contracts

Any teacher taking on a temporary or ‘fixed-term’ contract should contact the Scotland National Centre.


The NASUWT provides a brief outline of the various tax allowances which teachers are eligible to claim under UK legislation in the NASUWT's brief guide to tax for teachers and Supply Teachers: You and Your Tax.

Further information or assistance

Members needing further information or assistance should contact the 

Scotland National Centre.